Being able to know with precision the weather, both current and associated trends, can be of great use to backpackers. JDC Electronics, based out of Switzerland, has introduced its United States costumers to their line of SkyWatch Xplorer products. The Xplorer 1, 2, 3, and 4 weigh 51 to 54 grams (1.7 to 1.9 ounces) and differ mainly in the measurements they can take. The Skywatch Xolprer 4 is the most sophicitcated of the bunch providing the user with data on wind speed, temperature, altitude, air pressure (abosulte and relative). It also has an electronic magnetic compass. The Xplorer 4 can record trends in both pressure and altitude.
The Skywatch Xplorer is among the lightest weather meassuring products we have seen. Powered by a single CR2032 lithium battery the Xplorer 4 can take up to 30,000 reading (this number is redeuced when recording data). The very small size and weight of these devices makes them ideal for ultralight travelers.
- dimension (width, length, depth): 41 mm by 93 mm by 17 mm (1.6’" by 3.7" by 0.7")
- Weights: Xplorer 1 – 51 g (1.7 oz); Xplorer 2 and 3 – 52 g (1.8 oz); Xplorer 4 – 54 g (1.9 oz)
- Powered by a single replacable CR2032 lithium battery.
- Each Skywatch Xplorer adds functionality.
|Model||wind speed/max speed||temperature||wind chill temperature||compass||altitude/max. altutude||air pressue||record pressure trends||records altitude trends|